The EB-4 immigrant visa allows Special Immigrants, such as Religious Workers, to immigrate and adjust their status. Religious workers may self-petition or be sponsored by an employer in the U.S. The spouse and children of an EB-4 visa immigrant are also eligible for a Green Card. Ministers and non-minister religious workers may petition under EB-4.
To be eligible for the EB-4 immigrant visa, a Religious Worker must be a member of a denomination that has a bona fide non-profit or religious organization in the U.S. The worker must have been a member of, and worked for, the denomination at least two years before filing the EB-4 petition. The worker seeks to enter the U.S. for a full-time (35 hours/week), compensated position with the religious organization or a bona fide organization that is affiliated with the religious organization in the U.S. The position can be salaried (i.e., for pay) or unsalaried (i.e., no wages). Labor certification is not required.
A recent change in our laws (signed into law by President Trump on September 8, 2017) extends the deadline for which non-minister religious workers may immigrate or adjust their status. The new deadline is December 8, 2017. The spouses and children of non-minister religious workers may also immigrate by this date. Ministers are not affected by this deadline and may apply at any time for a Green Card.
To learn more about the EB-4 immigrant visa category, watch the above video by U.S.A. Immigration Attorney, LaToya McBean.
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